NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Connecticut College men's soccer team will head to Oneonta, N.Y. to face Rochester in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 11 on the campus of SUNY Oneonta. The Camels, who are making their second appearance overall and first since 1995, and Rochester will be joined by the host Red Dragons and WPI for the first two rounds.
Connecticut College (9-3-4) has relied on a unique blend of veterans and youth as well as a more balanced attack to put together one of its most successful seasons in recent memory to date. Junior captain Ben Manoogian (Peabody, Mass.) headlines the offense and boasts a stat line which features eight goals, including three game-winning markers, and one assist for 17 points to date. Freshman Liam Noonan (Calabasas, Calif.) and junior Ben Highton (Darien, Conn.) have contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, while sophomore Matt Butera (Westfield, Mass.) and junior Christian Murphy (Newport News, Va.) have four helpers apiece.
Freshman A.J. Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) has been one of the top goalkeepers in the NESCAC and has registered an .897 save percentage to go along with an 0.54 goals against average and six clean sheets. Anchored by senior Nate Summers (Westfield, Mass.) and freshman Liam Donelan (Milton, Mass.), the defense in front of the breakout netminder most notably went nearly 600 minutes without surrendering a goal between Sept. 17 and Oct. 7.
Rochester (11-3-3) has historically been a fixture in the NCAA Tournament and will be making its 18th appearance overall at the postseason event. Like the Camels, they earned an at-large berth into the tournament after finishing third in the very competitive University Athletic Association. Senior Geoffrey Rouin leads the Yellowjacket offense with 26 points on 12 goals and two assists, while junior Bryce Ikeda has contributed five goals and three assists for 13 points. On the defensive end, senior Redd Brown has a .776 save percentage and an 0.75 goals against average while starting all 17 contests.
SUNY Oneonta's Red Dragon Field is one of 16 sites for the first and second rounds that are taking place this coming weekend. All of the sites will use a single-elimination format. Sixteen second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional championship sites on Nov. 17-19, and the winners of the four sectional sites will advance to the national semifinals on Dec. 1 at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. The final will take place a day later on Dec. 2.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Game One: SUNY Oneonta vs. WPI, 11:00 a.m.
Game Two: Rochester vs. Connecticut College, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12
Game Three: Game One Winner vs. Game Two Winner, 1:00 p.m.